History

1549
St. Francis Xavier comes to Japan.
1906
The Society of Jesus accepts the Pope Pius X's request to establish higher educational institution in Japan.
1908
Three Jesuit priests arrive in Japan again to prepare for the establishment of a university.
1911
Sophia School Corporation (Jochi Gakuin) is founded.
1913
Ministry of Education approves establishment of Sophia University under Special School Law.
1928
Sophia is reorganized as a full-fledged university under University Law.
1932
Night-school program of Sophia University is established; Fukuoka Catholic Seminary School is opened, which will be renamed to Taisei Junior High School (middle school under the pre-war school system ) in 1936.
1937
Rokko Junior High School is incorporated as an incorporated foundation, which will be reorganized and incorporated as Rokko Gakuin School Corporation in 1950.
1938
Rokko Junior High School (middle school under the pre-war school system) is opened.
1947
Rokko Junior High School is reorganized into Rokko Junior and Senior High School; Eiko Junior High School is opened, which will be renamed to Eiko Gakuen Junior High School in 1949
1948
Sophia University begins operation under provisions of post war School Education Law; Taisei Senior High School is opened.
1950
Eiko Gakuen Senior High School is opened.
1951
Sophia School Corporation as an academic legal entity is founded according to provisions of Private School Law; graduate programs at the Master's level are started; Taisei Gakuen Corporation is founded.
1956
Hiroshima Gakuin School Corporation is founded; Hiroshima Gakuin Junior High School is opened.
1957
Eiko Gakuen School Corporation is founded.
1959
Hiroshima Gakuin Senior High School is opened.
1964
Specialized training college courses in social welfare are started at Sophia.
1966
The social welfare courses are reorganized into a separate Specialized Training College named Sophia School of Social Welfare.
1973
Sophia Junior College is founded.
1976
Sophia School of Social Welfare is reorganized into a Professional Training College.
2011
School corporation Seibo Gakuen is merged with Sophia School Corporation, with Seibo Nursing School and Seibo College of Nursing merged into Sophia University; Taisei Junior and Senior High School renamed to Sophia Fukuoka Junior-Senior High School.
2012
Sophia Junior College is renamed to Sophia University Junior College Division.
2013
Celebration of 100th anniversary of Sophia University's founding, 40th anniversary of Sophia Junior College's founding, and 50th anniversary of Sophia School of Social Welfare's founding.
2016
A new Sophia School Corporation is structured based upon the merger of Sophia School Corporation, Eiko Gakuen School Corporation, Rokko Gakuin School Corporation, Hiroshima Gakuin School Corporation and Taisei Gakuen School Corporation.
2017
Sophia School Corporation Jesuit Education Center is founded.